About Oktoberfest SA
Oktoberfest SA is owned and managed by a real German couple, living in Benoni, who want to bring a taste of Germany back to their new home, South Africa. By combining authentic German Food, Music and Beer with their South African counterparts, we want to create a top-notch Festival in the East Rand for people of all ages.
We have a real killer lineup of awesome SA Bands & Muso's which we will release very soon. We will also be featuring an authentic German Oompah Band on the day as well.
Why in September?
The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
This year, Oktoberfest in Germany kicks off on 17th September - so we thought we would host ours at the same time!
We are hard at work securing top quality Imported German Beer for the day. We will be updating you as to exactly what you can expect once we have all the details in place. Added to this, the usual SAB & Craft Beers will be on sale on the day as well as spirits & shooters.
We will have a range of the best German Food available - stay tuned here for details on our menu.
Literally ‘white sausage’. A traditional Bavarian sausage made from finely minced veal and pork bacon, together with spices and herbs. It used to be consumed as a snack between breakfast and lunch and is still predominantly (and sometimes even exclusively) served before noon in many parts of Bavaria. This tradition coined the term Weißwurstfrühstück(white sausage breakfast). Weißwürste are served in a bowl of hot water, traditionally together with sweet mustard, a Brezel, and Weissbier (wheat beer).
Bavarian expression, meaning ‘it’s tapped’. At noon on the first day of Oktoberfest, the Mayor of Munich traditionally taps the first keg of beer, exclaiming the above phrase, which marks the official opening of the festival
Leather trousers, particularly popular in Bavaria. These are an essential part of the men’s traditional dress, usually worn together with a white shirt, knee-length socks, and special shoes.
German for waiter and waitress respectively.
A traditional dress for women, the dirndl is worn especially in Bavaria and very popular among female Oktoberfest visitors. It consists of a bodice, blouse, skirt, and apron, and the name originates from the south German diminutive term Dirne, meaning ‘girl’.
This is German for pretzel. In Bavaria, it’s also called Brezn and is made from wheat flour, water, and yeast, and sprinkled with coarse salt.
One of the most important Oktoberfest words, prost is German for ‘cheers’ (and is useful outside Oktoberfest contexts, as well!). You will notice that Oktoberfest visitors like having a toast before drinking, a so-called Prosit. Alternatively, you could also say ‘Zum Wohl’ (‘To your health’).
German Oompah Band
The Eisbeins have been in the entertainment industry for 25 years and have travelled all over South Africa to perform at various venues for beer festivals, formal occasions and fundraisers. The band's music is mostly Oompah, but they also play Pop, Rock, Commercial, Afrikaans and Classical - a music variety for both the young and old.
Full Band Lineup
The Eisbeins – German Oompah Band
The Black Cat Bones
The Mitten Fits
Flipside – Party Cover Band
MC Baas de Beer
Distances to the venue
The venue is a plot situated just outside Crystal Park in Benoni. It is on a main road and easily accessible and visible. We will have secure parking on the day with plenty security around to protect both vehicles as well as festival-goers inside.
We are 15min from Benoni CBD, and short distances from the N12 highway as well as the R21 if you're coming from Pretoria.